Nigerian and Thai arrested over romance scam

Police have arrested a Thai woman and a Nigerian man for having allegedly deceived at least three Thai women to transfer them some 444,900 baht in a romance scam.

The new immigration police chief Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal told a press conference on Wednesday that 41 year old Chigozie Orisakwe and 37 year old and Panhathai Chermchan were arrested under a September warrant issued by the Criminal Court.

Surachet said victim Pojaman Sudngam filed a complaint saying she was deceived into transferring money to the gang.

The Nigerian allegedly used a Facebook account pretending to be a western man, ‘Owen Daniel’, and a Line account as ‘Lucy Kenneth’ to chat to the victims and later deceived them to transfer money for the cost of mailed gifts’ customs clearance.

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Surachet said at least three women have been deceived. The Thai woman allegedly pretended to be a customs official who called the victims to encourage them to transfer the money, Surachet added.

STORY: The Nation

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